Seijin No Hi: Japan’s Coming of Age Day

05 Jan 2018 in Discover Japan

Every January, kimono-clad young people celebrate their coming of age – in often raucous style. Discover the festivities!

japan

If you’re in Japan this January 8, expect to see large crowds of elegantly-dressed young people noisily parading the streets – and quite possibly enjoying their first legal taste of alcohol!

Every year, the second Monday of January is Seijin No Hi, Japan’s Coming of Age day. It’s a national holiday and a chance for 20-year-olds to celebrate reaching the country’s age of majority.

ceremony of majority

At 20, Japanese people can legally drink, smoke, go clubbing, gamble and get married without parental approval.

The day starts early – very early – for most Seijin No Hi participants. Many women spend hours getting their hair and makeup done at a beauty salon.

Hairdress idea from Japan

How to look japanese

Then there’s the time-consuming business of donning the furisode. This special kimono, worn only by young unmarried women, is traditionally made of elaborately-decorated silk with sleeves up to a metre long.

Japanese kimono

Majority dress

Men tend to opt for Western-style suits or a dark kimono combined with samurai-style hakama trousers.

Once everyone is suited up, they head to the local city office for a formal ceremony, the Seijinshiki, with families and local officials. Then it’s party time! While some head to a shrine to celebrate, others prefer Tokyo Disneyland or just roaming the streets together.

Fancy experiencing Seijin No Hi yourself?

Stay at HOSHINOYA Tokyo and head to one of the city’s municipal offices for a peek of the festivities. And, while you may not be the right age to participate, you can still try on a kimono and learn how to wear it with decorum thanks to HOSHINOYA Tokyo’s special kimono workshops!

Kimono from Japan

Tea ceremony

OTHER EXPERIENCES

nagoya

Christmas & New Year in Japan

06 Dec 2017 in Discover Japan

Planning a trip to Japan over the holiday period? Find out what you can expect! Read more

coast-asahi

Hachinohe city: hidden gem

24 Oct 2019 in Discover Japan

From a spectacular coastal trail to a sprawling morning market, this northern city offers plenty of surprises. Read more

sake

Young sake season

05 Sep 2019 in Discover Japan

Experience the fresh, lively taste of hiyaoroshi sake this autumn. Read more

OTHER EXPERIENCES

japanese-plum-flowers

Celebrating the Japanese plum

17 Mar 2017 in Discover Japan

Before Japan’s famous sakura season comes plum-viewing season. Discover how local artists have transformed a room at Hoshino Resorts KAI Atami into a plumb-themed sensorial experience. Read more

Hirosaki-castle

A day out in Hirosaki

26 Sep 2019 in Discover Japan

Experience Honshu’s northern culture, visit a moving castle and discover sublime gardens! Read more

perfect-seiza

How to sit in Japan

21 Dec 2018 in Discover Japan

Like to master the seiza? Read all in our guide to sitting! Read more

most popular articles